3D Printing at the Library

ditto-pro2 3d printingWe’ve been making all kinds of interesting things on the library’s brand new 3D printer, paid for courtesy of the State Library of Kansas and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

If you haven’t heard of 3D printers, they are used to create three dimensional objects with a kind of plastic that is heated and laid down layer after layer until a new object takes shape. The plastic filament our printer uses is made from natural corn starch, making it biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

Come in and ask about using the library’s 3D printer. We will be offering beginning classes on 3D printing this week Monday through Thursday. Seating is limited so sign up at the Circulation Desk at the library.

Library-Badge-w-loop-001Pokémon Go

One of the things we have created on our 3D printer is a Liberal Memorial Library Pokémon Go badge. Our library is a PokéStop and Gym. Anyone who battles and becomes the library’s new Gym Leader can earn a library badge. Just come in to the library and show us that you’re the new Gym Leader to get your badge.

Summer Reading is over, at least for the kids, but we still have a lot going on at the library this summer.
  • Tuesday, July 26th Recipe Swap at 6:30 pm – This month’s theme will be vegetable based recipes.
  • Wednesday, July 27th Summer Reading Logs due – Kids, turn in your reading logs to qualify for a Summer Reading prize and to register for the High Readers event.
  • Thursday, July 28th Storytime at 11:15 am – Regular storytimes will resume this Thursday.
  • Thursday, July 28th Bunco at noon – Join us for the popular dice game! Registration is required.
  • Friday, July 29th Movie Day at 2 pm – Popcorn and refreshments available! All movies are rated G.

Kansas Notable Books

Every year the Kansas State Library chooses a new list of Kansas Notable Books that are either written by Kansas authors or about a Kansas related topics.

Here are a few of the Kansas Notable books on display at the library:

Kansas Wildflowers and weedsKansas Wildflowers and Weeds
by Michael John Haddock

From the book description
A reference and a guidebook for a new generation of plant enthusiasts, this volume includes up-to-date nomenclature, keys, and descriptions, as well as habitat, distribution, and ecological information.

Designed for the professional botanist and passionate amateur alike, Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds brings names and taxonomic information into line with recent revolutions in studies of DNA, macro- and micromorphology, cytology, ecology, and phenology.

From the book description
Bank robbers wreaked havoc in the Sunflower State. After robbing the Chautauqua State Bank in 1911, outlaw Elmer McCurdy was killed by lawmen but wasn’t buried for sixty-six years. His afterlife can be described only as bizarre. Belle Starr’s nephew Henry Starr claimed to have robbed twenty-one banks. The Dalton gang failed in their attempt to rob two banks simultaneously, but others accomplished this in Waterville in 1911. Nearly four thousand known vigilantes patrolled the Sunflower State during the 1920s and 1930s to combat the criminal menace. One group even had an airplane with a .50-caliber machine gun. Join author Rod Beemer for a wild ride into Kansas’s tumultuous bank heist history.

From the book description
Nearing 60, William D. Street (1851–1911) sat down to write his memoir of frontier life. Street’s early years on the plains of western Kansas were both ordinary and extraordinary; ordinary in what they reveal about the everyday life of so many who went out to the western frontier, extraordinary in their breadth and depth of historical event and impact.

His tales of life as a teamster, cavalryman, town developer, trapper, buffalo hunter, military scout, and cowboy put us squarely in the middle of such storied events as Sheridan’s 1868–1869 winter campaign. They take us trapping beaver and hunting buffalo for hides and meat, and driving cattle on the Great Western Cattle Trail.

Edited by Street’s great-grandson, with an introduction by Richard Etulain, a leading scholar of the West, this memoir is history as it was lived, recalled in sharp detail and recounted in engaging prose, for the ages.

Pokemon Go in the Library

pokemon goHere at the library, we’re working on Catching Them All! Liberal Memorial Library is a Pokemon Gym, and a Pokestop in the new Pokemon Go game for phones and tablets. Stop in and catch some of the Pokemon who wander our aisles, and pick up Pokeballs at our stop. If you feel ambitious, challenge the Gym Leader! If you win, and become the new Gym Leader, come into the library for a special Pokemon Badge! One per Gym Leader, and for a limited time only!

Library-Badge-w-loop-001If you aren’t into catching Pocket Monsters, our Adopt A Plant program is continuing! If you walk through the library, you will see our plants budding and growing, and you can see who belongs to each plant. The beans are sprouting like mad, but the tomatoes are not far behind! I’ve got my eye on the basil plants, and the carrots are not looking bad either.

What else is happening at the library? More than you can imagine!

Summer reading is wrapping up. Only one more week to go, can you believe it! We’ve had two months of fun and excitement, and now it is time to reward everyone for a job well-done. But I will say, during our last week, we go out with a bang! Here’s our schedule!

  • TEENS—Movies & crafts (Tues. 7/19 @ 4 pm)
    Enjoy some summer films and make cool crafts.
  • Beejays Baseball Team (Wed. 7/20 @ 10 am)
    Bring your glove for a story and play time with Liberal’s own Beejay’s Baseball Team! All ages welcome.
  • TEENS—Tabletop & Video Game Club (Thu. 7/21 @ 4 pm)
    Come play our Wii, Xbox, PS4, or one of several fun board games. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, check out our teen crafts!
  • Coffee & Crafts (Wed. 7/20 @ Noon & Thu. 7/21 @ 6 pm)
    This month, we’ll decoupage boxes using pretty paper. Make a decorative box you’ll want to show off.
  • End of Summer Reading Party (Fri. 7/22 @ 1 pm)
    Celebrate the end of Summer Reading Program with ice cream and play games for prizes!
  • Recipe Swap (Tues. 7/26 @ 6:30 pm)
    Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations!
  • Summer Reading Logs due 7/27! Turn in your completed summer reading log to get a prize!

As we say goodbye to youth summer reading, we also want to remind our adults that our Adult Summer Reading will take place during August. We have some fun prizes, and a chance to read new things. Also take the opportunity to expand your circle of friends! The library is filled with people who are just as interested in engaging with reading learning as you.

We always have something exciting happening at the library, and we hope you will check us, and our books, out!